Dental Assistant Program Overview

Or course, you don't need to be a dentist to be part of a modern dental practice. Many dental offices employ support personnel who perform a whole range of critical roles. One of these roles is that of dental assistant.

Dental assistants help dentists during examinations and procedures. They also prepare patients for their exams, take X-rays, sterilize instruments, and perform many on-site laboratory duties.

To prepare yourself to be a qualified dental assistant, you need training in basic dental science and dental office skills. You can get this training at Everest. Everest offers Dental Assistant career training at dozens of campuses throughout the United States. Most programs are designed to have you prepared and ready for work in less than a year.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

Dental Assistant Courses

At Everest, you can get the education and training you need to begin working as a professional dental assistant. Everest's Dental Assistant career training program is designed to provide you with the education, training and experience you need to qualify for entry-level positions in this exciting field.* Available at dozens of Everest campuses throughout the United States, this Dental Assistant career training program can have you prepared and ready to work in less than a year.

The courses in Everest's Dental Assistant program cover a wide range of relevant topics. These include:

  • Dental Office Emergencies
  • Dental Radiography
  • Dental Specialties
  • Operatory Dentistry
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Dental Anatomy and Orthodontics

Everest's Dental Assistant classes combine traditional classroom lectures with group projects and hands-on training in a simulated dental office setting. You will be trained in valuable clinical, radiographic and administrative procedures. You'll learn how to operate the clinic and diagnostic equipment found in most modern dental offices, including amalgamators, dental units and chairs, model trimmers, oral evacuation equipment, oxygen tanks, personal computers, ultrasonic units, and X-ray units.

At the ending of your training, you will also have an externship where you will get to work for several weeks in an actual dentist's office.

Note: This Dental Assistant program description is not necessarily reflective of every dental assistant program offered across all Everest campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about what is taught in the dental assistant program near you.

Dental Assistant Careers

When you graduate from Everest's Dental Assistant degree program, you can be qualified to compete for entry-level positions in dental offices throughout the United States.* You will have a working knowledge of common dental procedures as well as experience working with equipment including:

  • Digital X-ray Units
  • Amalgamators
  • Model Trimmers
  • Oral Evacuation Equipment
  • Ultrasonic Units

Through your externship, you will also have experience working directly with patients. You'll know how to prepare patients for their examinations and advise them on practicing good oral health at home. Everest Dental Assistant program graduates have gone on to be employed as:

  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Office Administrative Assistants and Receptionists
  • Dental Insurance Clerks
  • Dental Supply Salespeople

In addition to working for general dentists, Everest graduates may be employed by:

  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Orthodontists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral Pathologists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

You may also qualify to work for dental supply manufacturers, hospital dental departments and insurance companies. Additional entry-level positions include dental receptionists.

Some of Everest's graduates later go on to become dental hygienists. These are the specialists who actually clean teeth and perform other routine dental procedures. This career requires additional education and training. The rewards can include greater responsibilities and higher pay.

To help you make the transition from school to the workforce, you can get help from the Career Services team at your Everest campus. These experienced professionals can help you write a winning resume, rehearse interviewing techniques, choose a professional wardrobe and, most important of all, help you identify and contact dental offices in your area.

Note: Program availability, version and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which dental assistant programs programs are available.

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.


Financial Aid

Everest helps students reach their educational goals and reduce student loan debt in a number of ways, including institutional grants and scholarships.*

Students are encouraged to use our resources as often as needed. These services are included at no additional cost and include:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment

Contact ECMC Solutions, Everest’s loan counseling partner, by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit its website to email or web chat:

Scholarships and Grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Everest and WyoTech schools owned by Zenith Education Group who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Contact a representative by phone at (888) 223-8556 or click here to learn more.

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